Bridal Beauty…Top Makeup Tips
from Jennifer Ireland

If there’s one day when a girl wants to look her best, it’s on her wedding day, and bridal makeup can have a huge influence in helping your natural radiance shine through! So today, I’m delighted to welcome the fantastic makeup artist, Jennifer Ireland to share her insider tips and give you all the low down on being a bridal bombshell. I had the honour of watching Jennifer’s talent first hand, as she was the genius behind the make up brushes for our Styled Editorial in Castle Leslie

Photography Credit: Paula O’Hara | Makeup: Jennifer Ireland

“To be able to contribute to a landmark day in a person’s life is something I never take for granted. The morning of a Wedding Day is a mix of emotions; fluttery tummies, girly giggles and unspoken love between friends and relatives which creates a wonderful environment that I call “work”. It’s a time of final preparations and transformations, and for a lot of brides, the time when it all becomes real as everything begins to come together. As part of the overall look, bridal make-up plays an important role in not only making the bride feel pampered but it will also give her confidence that she is looking her most beautiful; a polished version of her everyday self.

Photography Credits: 1: Emily Quinn 2: Paula O’Hara | Makeup: Jennifer Ireland

Beauty is Skin Deep…

Whether you opt to do your own make-up on the Big Day or book an experienced make-up artist, one thing is for sure – beautiful make-up begins with beautiful skin.  With regards to products, buy the best you can afford and stick to a daily routine of cleanse tone and moisturise. I’m not a huge fan of make-up removing wipes as I don’t think they can cleanse deep enough into the pores, so I would recommend cleansing milks/creams, cleansing waters, foaming gels or solid balms. Use products suitable for your skin type; treat dry skin with gentle exfoliation and a deeply hydrating mask such as Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask or for oilier skins cleanse with oil-free products and help combat blemishes with a clay based mask such as Eve Lom Rescue Mask. For complete nourishment, all skin types can be treated overnight with a serum, which is a concentrated formula of ingredients to target problem areas, for example Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial.

Photography Credit: KT Merry | Makeup: Jennifer Ireland | Hair: The Vintage Bride

DIY or Buy…

As make-up is so visual, gather images of styles and colours that attract your eye. This means you can easily describe and communicate ideas with your make-up artist at a trial about how you imagine your Wedding Day make-up to look.  If like Kate Middleton you decide to do your own make-up, I would recommend that you have a make-up lesson with a professional artist. Not only will they advise on the perfect products for your skin type, they will also show you how to apply them so that everything is buffed flawlessly and applied in a way that guarantees good staying power. When choosing a make-up artist to do your make-up for you on the morning of your wedding, ask around – a good recommendation is an indication of a satisfied and happy customer. For images of an artist’s style or past work, look online for their website, Facebook or Twitter pages where professionals will have portfolios of their work on display.

 Shades of Grey…

When choosing eye shadow colours, as much as I advise clients not to stray too far from what they are used to, I like to encourage my brides to add a complimenting colour to a brown or grey base to really make their eyes sparkle.  Plum, navy, taupe, bronze or even auburn can be very subtlety added to a make-up to really enhance the look.  Even a hint of one of these colours in a pencil liner can achieve this if you are opting for a very natural look.

Photography Credit: Paula O’Hara | Makeup: Jennifer Ireland

 Rosy Cheeks…

A flush of colour on the cheeks using cream blushers such as Illamasqua in Dixie or Seduce. will give you a beautifully fresh look, finished with a sweep of high lighter across the cheek bones, and a dusting of bronzer for a healthy glow. I like Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powderand Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronze Duofor contouring and high lighting.

Finishing Touches…

Lashes and false tan are two things I get asked for advice on the most. I offer strip or individual lashes applied with Duo Glue that last only for the day; I feel these are most hygienic. Semi-permanent lashes are great if you are going on honeymoon straight away and want your fluttery lashes to last, but I don’t feel they can be properly cleansed of liner and eye shadow with eye make-up remover as this can affect the glue. It’s a personal choice, and something I would highly recommend you trial run before the Big Day. False tan can give a glow and warmth to your skin especially for a summer wedding, but if you don’t regularly wear false tan then don’t feel compelled to do it on your Wedding Day. If going to a salon, again it’s something I would strongly advise you trial run.  Or for a fail-safe option, I like to use Johnson’s Holiday Skin Body Lotion, or Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Body Lotion, to lightly build colour over a few days.

Photography Credit: KT Merry | Makeup: Jennifer Ireland | Hair: The Vintage Bride

Sealed with a Kiss…

When it comes to your lips, one thing to consider is that you will be doing a lot of kissing, eating and drinking and it is nearly impossible to get a lip product that will survive 12 hours without touch ups! But there are some great lip stains and staining glosses on the market now to give you colour without transferring product at the most crucial moment at top of the aisle! I like to use Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstickor Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain.

But above all else…

Whether you barely wear any make-up or it’s a daily ritual, there is a style of make-up to suit all brides, there is no “one-fits-all” mould. The most important thing to remember is to be comfortable and confident in how you look, as this is when you are at your most radiant.”

Photography Credit: KT Merry | Makeup: Jennifer Ireland | Hair: The Vintage Bride

Thanks so much Jennifer for sharing all that insight, even though my big day is over I’ll be trying out a few of your suggestions anyway! Be sure to check out more of her fab work & find out all about her services here!

And if you lovely readers have any other unanswered bridal beauty questions, or would like me to share any particular beauty demos’s, leave a comment or send an email my way & I’ll do my best to get you the knowledge you need!

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